Sludge powered wastewater treatment plant in Egypt to get €84m upgrade

Suez Environnement subsidiary Degrémont has won a four-year contract worth a total of €84 million to operate and maintain two wastewater treatment plants at Gabal El Asfar in Cairo...

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Suez Environnement subsidiary Degrémont has won a four-year contract worth a total of €84 million to operate and maintain two wastewater treatment plants at Gabal El Asfar in Cairo. This contract was won in a consortium with three Egyptian companies: DHCU, ARCOM and ICAT.

Degrémont will be in charge of operating the facilities and their rehabilitation, to ensure that the water discharged into the environment is of the highest quality, to protect the canal water near the plant and in the Nile Delta.

Located in Cairo, Gabal El Asfar is the biggest wastewater treatment facility on the east bank of the Nile. It has a processing capacity of more than 1,400,000 m3/day, including a cogeneration plant fuelled by anaerobic sludge digestion that produces up to 65% of the power needed to run the facility.

To date, 70% of Greater Cairo’s potable water is produced by facilities built by Degrémont (Fostat, Mostorod, Amerya, Ghiza, etc). In 2007, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT won the Gabal El Asfar Optimisation contract (300,000 m3/day), and in 2008 the contract to expand the Alexandria East plant (800,000 m3/day).

In 2014, the Group also entered into a contract to operate and maintain the Gabal El Asfar 2A wastewater treatment plant.

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